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#1 Richard Prendergast

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 06:25 PM

Evening All!

So yes, I'm a full on newbie when it comes to steadicam. I've used the glidecam and I own a DJI Ronin so I know the (very limited) basics. But let's just assume that I'm a complete beginner.

I'm currently working a DoP/Camera Op for various clients and mostly within sports documentary. I own and operate a Red Epic and have been in the industry for around 10 years. But now i'm looking to specialise and Steadicam is where I'm thinking of heading.

My primary motivation is that I like moving shots and Steadicam movement always stand out whenever I'm watching films. I want to be part of that. My second motivation is that I feel the need to specialise in order the progress. I'd eventually like to work with feature (no surprise there!) and right now, I'm a camera op/DoP amongst roughly 10k others in the UK. Specialising gives me an opportunity to break away from the pack and basically give me the chance to work in the feature sector, getting the money shots. At least that's how i see it through my rose tinted glasses :) My third reason is work/life balance. Although this isn't relevant right now, I have spent time sitting in front of a computer editing. It's the worst lifestyle and I never want to go back. I need to be active in my work and specialising would hopefully mean more demand and therefore more stability. Hopefully!

I have a few questions about starting off;

>> Once I have a reel, practised to reach a certain level and have the right rig for professional use, what are the real prospects of work within the UK? Is there enough demand for Steadicam Ops to make a living or is the market quite saturated?

>> I have ordered the Steadicam Operator Handbook and I've signed up for the next silver workshop in the UK. Are there any other "must dos" for a newbie?

>> What rig is the minimum for a pro Steadicam Op on a professional shoot? I know that's hard one but I'd liken it to someone asking me what a professional camera is - my answer would be that it has to deliver 10bit 422. If it can't, it's a hobbyist camera. I'm looking at the Archer 2SP, is that enough or is that still in the "OK" bracket?

>> As someone who'd like to one day be in feature film, what are your top tips for perusing that path?

I'm sure I will think of a few more questions… Any advice would be greatly welcome!

Thanks, Rich

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#2 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 09:46 AM

If you are determined to succeed in Feature Film and you have money, I would suggest get a big rig.

Sachtler, Tiffen, PRO, XCS are all top of the line rigs. If thats out of reach money wise - go second hand. But I would definitely suggest going for a big rig if features is where you are headed.

I have no idea what the UK market is like, but I am guessing like everywhere else, it is competitive.

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